Lanta Islands National Park covers 152 square
kilometers of Lanta Islands. This island forms the most southern
district of Krabi Province. It was known long ago by its name in
the Malay language, Pulao Satak, which means Long Beach Island.
Later so many Thais, both Buddhist and Muslim, came to live on the
island that there seemed to be a million eyes, which is what some
people think Lanta means in Thai. Others hold that the name is corrupted
from Javanese Lan Tas, and means a grilled fishes (which is built
of wood with a square grill on top where the fish are set in a circle).
Several important islands are in the national park.
Lanta Yai Island
Lanta Yai Island (Koh Lan Ta Yai): The
island is where the District and National Park offices are located.
Island geography is mountainous and rugged, especially near the
southern tip; some beaches are gravelly, others have fine white
sand. A clan of Chao Ley, or sea gypsies are resident on Koh Yao
Yai, and they preserve many of their ancient customs and ceremonies;
e.g., the setting of ceremonial boats adrift to bring good luck
and prosperity on the full moon nights of the sixth and eleventh
months. This and other features of their lives are open to view.
To visit the island take a regularly scheduled ferry from Ban Huo
Hin Pier in Tambon Koh Klahng, Bor Muang Pier in Tambon Sai Kao,
or Chao Fa Pier in Krabi Town.
Taleng Beng Isalnd
Taleng Beng Isalnd: This island is in
some ways a smaller version of Phi Phi Ley: Made of limestone-honeycombed
with caves, inhabited by the same swifts whose nets are made into
soup. Small beaches and caves appear when the tide ebbs.
Hah Islands: A group of five Islands.
Hah Yai Island has a field of grass on its ridgeline. Another Island
resembles in shape a sailboat; one has water that passes from one
side to another beneath it. There is some coral in shallow waters.
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